The redesign of the prodigious novel Star Maker, by William Olaf Stapledon, first published in 1937, serves as an experiment on highlighting the qualities of a book’s physical existence, some of which cannot be accommodated by an e-book.
In many studies people understand and remember what they read on paper better than what they read on screens. The thickness of read and unread pages helps to form a coherent mental map of the text providing a much firmer sense of place than a progress bar. Paper and ink reflect ambient light. Computers and tablets emit light, which may tire eyes and tax concentration.
This project is a comprehensive study of paper material, text layout and physical size. The book features various paper goods and weights along with a bookcase containing 16 A5-sized artworks representing a visual interpretation of each chapter, and a square-sized constellation map of the books content.
Daniel Siim. Star Maker. 2014